Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Apr 29, 2022

After clinching their first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history, the Florida Panthers will close out their regular season in Montreal versus the last place Canadiens.

Florida
58-18-2-4
AT
April 29, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
22-49-9-2
Puckline -1.5 +148
Moneyline -153
Over / Under o +7

62%

Betting Action

38%

Puckline +1.5 -178
Moneyline +127
Over / Under u +7

62%

Betting Action

38%

The Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens close out their respective regular season schedules with a first versus last matchup in Montreal Friday. The Panthers clinched their first ever Presidents’ Trophy last night and now stand at 58-17-6 on the season for 122 points. Florida’s 122 points are the third-most ever by a team since the Presidents’ Trophy came to existence in 1986. Montreal’s 21-49-11 record has them at the bottom of the NHL’s standings just a year after making it to the Stanley Cup Final. The Panthers are on a back-to-back as well, winning 4-0 at Ottawa last night.

Puck drop at the Bell Centre Friday goes at 7 p.m. EDT, with the road Panthers a -280 favourite on the moneyline and the over-under at 6.5 on the NHL odds.

Panthers vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

Florida earned their Presidents’ Trophy by going on a 14-2 run in their last 16 bouts overall, all without star defenceman Aaron Ekblad. Head-to-head, the Panthers are 5-1 in their last six meetings with the Canadiens and 3-0 this season while scoring 16 goals in their trio of victories.

Montreal enters Friday going 1-9 in their last 10 overall, plus on a seven-game skid at home. That said, the Habs are 5-2 in their last seven when hosting Florida. The total has also gone over in six of the last eight Florida-Montreal contests as the Panthers are blowing away the rest of the NHL with 4.4 goals per game and Montreal is allowing a league-worst 3.89 goals per outing.

Florida Panthers

Backup goalie Spencer Knight earned his second career shutout in Thursday’s 4-0 route of Ottawa, while two Carter Verhaeghe goals led the Panthers’ offence. With the Eastern Conference and top seed in the NHL clinched, all of Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Claude Giroux, MacKenzie Weegar, Gustav Forsling, and Sergei Bobrovsky sat out and all should rest again Friday. With Bobrovsky likely taking the crease for the playoffs and Knight starting yesterday, 26-year-old Jonas Johansson should get the start in Montreal Friday.

Florida still packs quite a punch even without the trio of Huberdeau, Barkov, and Giroux. Thirty-goal scorers Sam Reinhart and Anthony Duclair remain in the lineup, as does Verhaeghe and Sam Bennett, who are both well over 20 goals this season. Reinhart is also averaging over a point a game this season with 82 in 78 games played — third on the team behind Huberdeau and Barkov.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens broke a nine-game losing streak Wednesday when the went into New York and defeated the playoff-bound Rangers 4-3. Jeff Petry’s second goal of the game and sixth of the season, scored with 31 seconds to go, ended up as the game’s winning tally. Ryan Poehling and Mike Hoffman also scored in the win.

Sam Montembeault made 24 saves in a winning effort to improve his record to 8-18-6 on the season. With Carey Price undergoing medical evaluations after four appearances this season, Montembeault should close out the year in net for Montreal. It’s been an extremely disappointing year for the Habs, as Nick Suzuki leads the club with just 60 points and Cole Caufield joins him as the team’s only other 40-point scorer with exactly 40 in 66 games played.

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